by Will Park

The who’s who of mobile technology players will soon descend on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, which runs Feb. 27 to March 1, and NVIDIA will there be running on all five cores.

This is the year of quad-core devices. More to the point, this is the year of NVIDIA Tegra 3, the world’s only 4-PLUS-1 quad-core mobile processor, which delivers up to 5x the performance of the Tegra 2 dual-core processor. We’ve been working with our partners around the clock to bring you a glimpse of the best mobile tech.

In fact, LG just announced overnight the launch of its Optimus 4X HD phone, powered by Tegra 3, with a 4.7-inch, True HD IPS (1280×720 resolution) screen, an  8 megapixel camera and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Plus, it’s a wispy 8.9 mm thick.

Looking to next week, the NVIDIA MWC booth will feature:

  • Tegra-powered phones and tablets
  • Console-quality mobile games
  • Cool new apps

The Tegra 3 mobile processor combines a desktop PC-class CPU and a 3X faster GPU with stereo 3D support to deliver both high performance and low power consumption. As part of its 4-PLUS-1 architecture, Tegra 3 uses a fifth battery-saver core, in addition to the four performance CPU cores. This fifth core is used to handle less demanding tasks and active standby mode to save power when higher performance isn’t required.

We’ll also showcase the freshly announced ZTE Mimosa X smartphone, powered by the Tegra 2 mobile processor and the NVIDIA Icera modem. The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology will power all the major processors in a single smartphone.

If you’re at the show, make sure to stop by NVIDIA at Booth # 1C34, in Hall 1.

Keeping tabs on the MWC madness from the comfort of your couch? You can get all the latest updates on this blog, our Social Media Newsroom and Twitter.

And don’t forget to enter to win a Tegra 3-powered ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet on our Social Media Newsroom. We’re giving away one Transformer Prime each day of MWC.